Gentrification of secondhand style – part 2

My recent blog on why the gentrification of secondhand fashion is a positive trend provoked a strong reaction.  People asked whether there’s evidence that charity shops are getting more expensive.  A good question.  The answer is that there hasn’t been a price hike in the past few years.  The Charity Retail Association collects data onContinue reading “Gentrification of secondhand style – part 2”

Why isn’t fashion sustainable (yet)?

Firstly, as always on the blog this is not designed to make you feel guilty.    And it’s not all bad news.  People often ask why the fashion industry isn’t sustainable (yet).  There are three big reasons, and they are: (1) The fabrics used to make clothes come at the price of a lot of carbon,Continue reading “Why isn’t fashion sustainable (yet)?”

January Rewears

Frost has nipped and snow has fallen this January. I love snow for the way it can magically transform the landscape. It’s as though I went to bed in a suburban street and woke up the next morning in Narnia. The snow has given me lots of opportunities to wear preloved winter items this month.Continue reading “January Rewears”

H&M Conscious Collection Follow-up

I shared my recent blog about H&M’s Conscious Collection in a couple of online forums dedicated to sustainable fashion. Some responses were thoughtful and balanced, but some suggested I must be an evil person if I was even considering buying from H&M, or implied that I clearly don’t care that the brand uses ‘slave labour’.Continue reading “H&M Conscious Collection Follow-up”

Should the government make fashion more sustainable?

Enforcing the minimum wage for UK clothes factories workers, putting a tax on unsustainable fashion, and investing in collection & sorting of used clothes are three of the recommendations made by the Environmental Audit Commission (EAC) in 2019.  Their report is available here.  The EAC is a group of MPs across all parties whose jobContinue reading “Should the government make fashion more sustainable?”

3 things I’ve learnt from a year of buying only preloved fashion in 2020 – and a tip to get you started

Just two days of 2020 to go, and my year of preloved is almost complete. Here’s what I learnt – (1) Buying preloved is fun and rewarding  Not once in 2020 have I missed buying brand new clothes.  Not even a tiny bit.  At the start of each year – and inspired by Gretchen RubinContinue reading “3 things I’ve learnt from a year of buying only preloved fashion in 2020 – and a tip to get you started”